Maryland’s top leaders recognized the bravery of five people who saved a pilot who crashed into a frozen Anne Arundel County creek the day after Christmas.

Anne Arundel County police Officer Elizabeth Myers, Maryland Natural Resources Police Officers Albert Leevel and Mark Miller, John Jilene and his son, John Jilene Jr., all received citations at Wednesday’s Board of Public Works meeting.

“Through their swift intervention and heroic actions that day, a life was saved and tragedy averted. To all five of these heroes with us this morning, we want to present them with governor’s citations,” Gov. Larry Hogan said.

The honorees jumped into kayaks when they saw a plane crash into the frozen Beards Creek. Meyers used a screwdriver to propel herself toward the plane and its pilot while others pulled the pilot onto their kayaks and out of the water. NRP officers then arrived to take the pilot to the shore.